Archive for May, 2013

May 29 2013

Guest Post: Alice Wertz

Make a Wish Accordian Card by Alice Wertz

Hello, all! It’s Alice and I am guest posting today. I am sharing an accordion card made using Sizzix’s Accordion Album die.
I used Ranger’s Distress Stains to create the backgrounds.
All the images are from Lawn Fawn’s Critters Ever After set and colored with Copic markers.
The patterned paper is from Trend Setter 6×6 paper pad by Fancy Pants.
The coordinating Bracket, Frame & Label die makes it easy to decorate the frames for the accordion pages.
It was really fun to make an interactive card like this and hope you enjoyed it! =)
May 22 2013

Guest Post: Jim Hankins

Quote-a-Vision by Jim Hankins, The Gentleman Crafter

Hello Everybody!

This is my week to showcase a project using this month’s challenge….Quotes….

So here’s what I came up with….Quote-a-Vision…..

A cool project to sit atop your desk at work or in the studio.  By turning the knobs at the top of the Quote-aVision you can see a different quote each day.   Let’s get started….

First some pictures of the completed project….





Supplies used for this project can be found at Inspiration Emporium by clicking the icons below:

Here’s How It’s Made:

In addition to the supplies above, I used BLACK  Paper Accents Medium to Heavy Weight Chipboard and some wooden balls from the craft store for the central finial.  Also needed is (2) bamboo skewers found at the grocery store and some cream or ecru copy paper for the quotes.

Step 1:

Cut chipboard to:

(4) 1-3/4 x 7

(2) 1-3/4 x 1-3/4

(1) 3 x 7

(2) 1-3/4 x 2-1/2

Step 2:

Structure Strips. Make structure strips from the Kraft cardstock.  Cut the paper 1-inch wide.  Score the strip in half at 1/2-inch and place scor-tape on each side of the score mark.  Make several of these to have on hand when needed.

Step 3:

Cut (4)  structure strips to 7-inches and cut (8) to 1-3/4-inch.  Pull the tape backing from one side of the strip and adhere to one of the long side of the 1-3/4 x 7 inch pieces.  Next, pull the tape backing and adhere another  1-3/4 x 7-inch pieces next to the first leaving a gap the width of a piece of chipboard.  Repeat this process until all (4) pieces are adhered together with the strips.  Pull the tape backing from the remainder of the strips and adhere to the chipboard forming a box.


Next, using the 1-3/4-inch strips apply  the strips around all four of the top pieces of the box.  Pull the tape backing on each and place the 1-3/4 x 1-3/4-inch piece down on top of the box opening.  now, place the strips down on to the chipboard piece forming the top of the box.  Turn the box to the other side and repeat this step.  Cover the box with patterned paper on all sides.  Apply Glossy Accents to the Foundations Feet and adhere to each corner of the bottom box.  Set aside to dry.  The box is done!  :)


Step 4:

With a ruler, pencil and craft knife, cut a window from the rectangular piece (3 x 7) by measuring over 2-3/4 from the left and 2-3/4 from the right.  Also, mark in 1/4-inch from the top and bottom. Next, cut the square from the rectangular chipboard piece.

Step 5:

Using the acetate or acrylic that comes with the Configuration Boxes, cut a piece to 3 x 7.  Apply Scor-tape or similar to the backside of the rectangle and adhere Acrylic to the chipboard.  Next, cover the two 1-3/4 x 2-1/2 decorative panels with patterned paper.  Adhere them to each side of the front center of the rectangular piece for decoration to the front.  Note: I left the rectangular piece alone leaving the (2) panels to jazz it up a bit.  Set aside.


Step 6:

Using three of the configuration box inserts in the set, pull the 3 x 3 square insert and (2) of the 1-1/2 x 3 inserts. Adhere these boxes together with scor-tape and a little Glossy Accents. You will want to have the 3 x 3 square in the middle and the two smaller boxes on each side.  Once married together, paint the boxes black with Pitch Black Paint.  Note:  There is no need to paint the interior of the boxes.


Step 7:

Find the center top and bottom to the (2) 1-1/2 x 3 Configuration Box inserts with a centering ruler.  with a piercing tool, pierce on the mark.  Enlarge the hole with an awl or ice pick…Note: I find that keeping an awl in my tool box makes these kinds of things so much easier.  Repeat for other side until you have made (4) holes.  Two in the center top and (2) in the center bottom. Once the holes have been made, matte the assemble with patterned paper on the top, sides and back.  “Re-pierce” the holes through the patterned paper on the top.


Step 8:

Note: For the next step, if you place the pointed ends of the skewers down into the top,then through the bottom, the points will mark where the next holes on the bottom piece should go.

Place the top assembled configuration piece down on the bottom footed base piece.  Line it up flush.  Now, pierce the skewers gently down onto the base piece and remove.  The indentions left from the skewers will act as a mark to pierce once again (2) holes in the bottom base piece.  The reason for this step is so the swewers will not pop out of the piece once completely assembled.

Step 9:

Cut (3) strips of ecru copy paper to 2-5/8 x 11.  Apply1/4-inch  Scor-tape to the right side end of the paper.  Remove the tape backing and adhere the second ecru strip to it.  Repeat for last sheet.  Stamp your quotes onto the ecru paper leaving a 3-inch space between the quotes.

Step 10:

Using another bamboo skewer, round the ends of the paper quote strip for ease of gluing it to the skewers.  Now, apply Glossy Accents to the left skewer and adhere the ecru quote strip to it.  Allow it time to dry.  Move to the right skewer and adhere the right end of the quote strip to it.  “Roll” up the strip on each side exposing a quote in the middle.  Last cut the skewers leaving a 3/4-inch exposed.  I used a little sand paper to allow the knobs to be applied.  Once this is done, apply a little dab of Glossy Accents to the inside of the knob and adhere firmly down onto the skewer, screwing the knob onto the skewer.

Step 11:

Place 1/8-inch scor-tape or wet glue to the left and right ends of the configuration assembly.  Next, line up the front panel and adhere to the front of the configuration assembly.  NOTE:  DO NOT ADHERE THE TOP AND BOTTOM OF THE FRONT PANEL TO THE CONFIGURATION BOXES.

Step 12:

Apply Scor-Tape or wet Glue to the bottom of the Assembly and adhere to the base box unit.

Last, I added a finial to the center top of the Quote -a-Vision and the Tim Holtz Idea-ology Hinges to the front panels to finish it off.  DONE!

Now you can place the Quote-a-Vision on your desk and turn the knobs daily for a different quote.

Hope you give this project a shot…Its a lot of fun.  Thanks for coming by!



The Gentleman Crafter

May 15 2013

Guest Post: Lisa Hoel

Note Holders by Lisa Hoel

Hello everyone, Lisa here and I am happy to be the guest poster today! My project makes a nice little gift. I gave these to my Mom and Mother-in-law for Mother’s Day but you could also make some to give as an end of the year gift to the kids’ teachers. Somewhere I read that the larger matchbook of Tim Holtz’s Matchbook Set die perfectly fits a standard Post-It pad. By golly, it’s true! Take a look:

I had some fun decorating the cover material I used to form the matchbooks and tried some different techniques. The base of each is Sticky-back Canvas but I treated them differently:

The cover on the left is canvas stamped with the wallpaper stamp of the Wallpaper & Wood set using white acrylic paint (clean your stamp as soon as you are done stamping!) Once dry, I went over the whole thing with Spun Sugar Distress Stain. The paint acts as a resist so the design really pops out. The technique for the cover on the right I learned about from a project on Tammy Tutterow’s blog. She mentioned that you can transfer a design from patterned paper onto the canvas. I had to try it and it looks really cool! Place the paper you want to transfer pattern side down onto the sticky side of the canvas. Mist with water and let it sit for a moment. Then rub the wet paper away with your fingers until the pattern is revealed. So easy!

I then adhered a coordinating paper to the underside of the covers and cut them out using the die. Fold on the score lines and glue the Post-It pad in.

Now you can have some fun decorating the outside. I wanted to try the patina technique shared by Tim Holtz on the metal label holders. Check out the link to his blog to see how to use Distress Paints to alter them. It was easy and worked well. I think I’m going to start patina-izing everthing in sight!

For the little flowers, I cut them out of coffee filters (using the Tattered Flower Garland die) which are wonderful for inking up and stronger than tissue. There are a number of ways to color them, (misting, Distress markers etc.) but for these I tapped a Distress Ink pad onto my craft sheet and misted the ink with plain water. Then I dabbed the flowers into the ink puddles and dried them with my heat tool.

I hope you enjoyed this project and learned some new things to try. Don’t forget about the May challenge this month, Don’t Quote Me. Check it out and link up your project by the end of the month for a chance to win $50 to spend at Inspiration Emporium!


May 8 2013

Guest Post: Linda Cain

Stenciled Tag & Pediment Die by Linda Cain

Hey everyone, it’s my turn in the barrel here! I got my hands on Tim’s new Bigz Pediments and I couldn’t wait to play with it on a tag. Since this idea went over really well, I thought I’d share it here with all of you.

I started with a Manila #8 Tag and white modeling paste. The Chickenwire Stencil is perfect for this. Spread it on and lift off to create a great pattern. I dried it with a heat tool, since I don’t wait well.

Next I applied Tim Holtz Distress Stains in the brighter colors – Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry, Black Soot, Squeezed Lemonade, Seedless Preserves, Ripe Persimmon, Mustard Seed, and Tea Dye. Since I’m applying bright colors over white paste they keep their vibrant colors. I let them dry and applied more of the same color for intensity.

Now I added Metal Foil Tape to heavy chipboard and ran it through the Vagabond to cut 3 pediments.   Add Alcohol Inks Watermelon, Butterscotch, and Stream  to the metal. Use Black Archival ink to add small flourish stamping.

Stamp with Classic #2, and Apothecary stamp sets and Jet Black Archival Ink.  Layer onto black chipboard. I cut the top off the tag so the Pediment fit under the tag hole.

Stamp The Boys  on Specialty Stamping Paper  with Black Archival ink and immediately emboss with Super Fine Black Embossing Powder. Then die cut the Elegant Flourishes from chipboard. I added blue various Adirondack sprays and Perfect Pearls to the Flourish.  Last add a bit of color to the boy with Distress Markers and cut him out.

Layer it up with foam squares or Grungeboard pieces to add height and add one of the Cash Keys at the top.

Hope you enjoy this project.

Your Friend in ART,


May 2 2013

Guest Post: Pam Hooten & May Monthly Challenge

Live Canvas by Pam Hooten

Today we have a special post from inspiration team member Pam Hooten.  She is starting off our May Monthly Challenge: Don’t Quote Me…use a favorite quote on your project.  We can’t wait to be inspired by your words!

Without further ado, here is Pam…

Hi Inspiration Emporium fans, Pam Hooten here, I’m the guest for today and I have a canvas to show you!
This months theme is Don’t Quote Me, use a fave quote on your project.
The first quote to come to mind for me was in the Tim Holtz Fancy Flourish stamp set.
Check out my mixed media canvas full of Prima & Ranger goodies!
To start, I covered the canvas with book paper and gel medium. I dried it and started the layering process with patterned paper, Embossing Paste, paint, ink and embellishments.
I hope you can join us in the quote challenge, I can’t wait to see the uploads!

Thank you so much, Pam!! For a chance to win $50 in Emporium Dollars to spend in the store just add a link to your submission below (your link does not have to be to a blog, it can also be to your SCS gallery…use code IEMC24 or other gallery online!!!)…and, remember, you can enter as many times as you want…so create away!!! Contest begins on May 2, 2013  and ends on May 31, 2013 at midnight…the winner will be randomly chosen and announced on June 1, 2013.

CONGRATULATIONS , Lisa you are the random winner of the April Monthly Challenge: Marvelous Masks & Spectacular Stencils. We love your your gorgeous tag, and how your used your stencil!  Thank you for playing along; please email your information to to claim your gift certificate!